Blair Emerson

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Facing building decay, admins look to state

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series examining the University of Minnesota’s efforts to garner state funds for building maintenance.   Inside Burton Hall, sunlight shines through a stained-glass skylight, and marble carvings on the walls bespeak a history filled with countless students roaming the corridors.


School of Social Work receives $1.28 million

The University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work received a $1.28 million grant last week to address the growing demand for professional training in mental health and substance abuse counseling. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grant, which the school will use to train 90 graduate students in providing behavioral health services to children, adolescents and young adults.


The ‘Band-Aid’ solution

A day after University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler proposed to continue a two-year tuition freeze earlier this month, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system announced a similar extension. Universities in states like Arizona, California, Iowa and New Hampshire have all enacted similar measures in recent years. While proposals to freeze tuition prices at colleges nationwide are growing in popularity, criticism of the method has surfaced, saying it shouldn’t replace an effective, long-term strategy to increase college affordability.


Loan bill hits second roadblock

A bill that would’ve provided students with the option to refinance their federal student loans and potentially lower their interest rates was blocked Tuesday for the second time since its introduction this summer. Despite a lack of progress on the issue from the federal government, one financial company now allows borrowers the option to refinance their federal loans into private ones. And while the contention in Washington continues, some experts say a higher student voter turnout rate could push lawmakers into action on student loans.


Rochester campus seeks expansion, more students

The University of Minnesota-Rochester is planning for a future with double the campus’s current number of students and expanded grounds. Administrators are making a plan to accommodate an influx of Rochester students over the next two decades. And while the proposal is in its early stages, some school leaders say it could lead to heightened competition between the Rochester and Twin Cities campuses.


Loan bill hits second roadblock

A bill that would’ve provided students with the option to refinance their federal student loans and potentially lower their interest rates was blocked Tuesday for the second time since its introduction this summer. Despite a lack of progress on the issue from the federal government, one financial company now allows borrowers the option to refinance their federal loans into private ones. And while the contention in Washington continues, some experts say a higher student voter turnout rate could push lawmakers into action on student loans.


Regents: Don’t delay strategic plan

As the University of Minnesota’s strategic plan moves into its comment phase, regents, faculty members and students are saying they want administrators to commit to implementing its proposed policies. The Board of Regents reviewed an 85-page final draft of the guiding document at its monthly meeting Friday. Administrators say they won’t let the plan fall to the wayside, but some students are concerned that the blueprint doesn’t do enough.


Kaler aims to broaden freeze

Come next year, the University of Minnesota’s tuition freeze could cover more students. University President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget proposal extends the existing tuition freeze for undergraduate students paying in-state tuition and for the first time includes graduate and professional students. While some University and state leaders say the proposal is a step in the right direction in alleviating student debt, others are voicing concern about the freeze’s broader effects and Kaler’s new plan for getting more state funding.


Proposed budget extends tuition freeze beyond undergrads

Come next year, the University of Minnesota’s tuition freeze could affect more students. University President Eric Kaler’s 2016-17 biennial budget request includes a continued tuition freeze for students paying undergraduate in-state tuition — but it also proposes a similar freeze for graduate and professional students who pay the same tuition.


A push to sell research

The University of Minnesota is taking its “Driven to Discover” mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs into businesses. Last year, faculty research helped create 15 start-up companies — a figure the institution’s officials are looking to expand.